March 7, 2014
HYANNIS, Mass. – UConn women’s hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) has been named a Women’s Hockey East Association Honorable Mention All Star, the league announced on Friday (March 7) night.
Chuli had one of the finest seasons for a UConn goalie in program history in 2013-2014, finishing the year with a 2.57 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The sophomore also recorded her first two career shutouts, including a 45-save blanking of then-No. 7 Boston College on Feb. 8. Her .929 save percentage stands as the third best single-season mark in program history, and her 790 total saves rank fifth.
Chuli posted four games of at least 40 saves on the season, with a career-high 48 stops at BC on Nov. 23. She also recorded at least 30 saves in each of her final 16 starts to close the year. Chuli had a run from Jan. 3 to Feb. 9 where she was nearly impossible to score on, turning in a 1.56 GAA and a .956 save percentage during the stretch.
The UConn keeper was named WHEA Defensive Player of the Week three times this year, Co-Player of the Week once, and earned Co-Goaltender of the Month laurels for January. Overall, her save percentage currently ranks third in Hockey East and 12th nationally.
This is the second consecutive season UConn has had an Honorable Mention All Star, after Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) took home the honor following the 2012-13 season.
UConn went 9-24-2 in 2013-14, tripling its win total from a year ago in Chris MacKenzie’s first season behind the bench. The Huskies exceeded preseason expectations by finishing in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings after being projected to place eighth.